(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Shop with Cops program is returning for a twentieth year. The program is geared towards children ages five to 12 years old and gives law enforcement a chance to interact with them. Beaver Dam Police Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson explains what the officers do for the kids.
“Dodge County ‘Shop with Cops’ is an organization that gives us, as law enforcement officers, the opportunity to spend time with our area youth and provide for them a shopping opportunity so they can go shopping for gifts for their family for the holiday season,” says Johnson.
“While doing so, while they shop with us in the store in uniform, it gives us an opportunity as police officers to have a positive law enforcement interaction with them.”
Johnson says it also helps provide children and their families the opportunity to have a good holiday season.
Retired Waupun Police Department Detective Brian O’Donovan says it brightens a child’s day and allows them to see officers in a different setting.
“It helps for the young person to see that police officer in a different light,” says O’Donovan. “I make references to a lot of people who get stopped for speeding tickets and things, just see the uniform and the badge. Here they get to see the cop or police officer for who they are. They get to talk to them.”
Each child is given $150 to spend on their family at Fleet Farm or Walmart. Every law enforcement agency in the county works with the organization to offer Shop with Cops opportunities to children across the area. The event will be on December 10th.